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The Fairwater Register.
Village of Fairwater, Wisconsin


May 29, 1903 (Vol. 1, No. 6)

The sixth issue of The Fairwater Register continued the general format established with the May 15 issue. Returning after a brief absence was the "West Rosendale" banner, although it wast printed on the last page rather than the first. "Ripon Items" continued on the last page, as in the previous issue, and again there was no "Rosendale" banner. The "Conundrums" banner again appeared on the last page.

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At Dartford, Wisconsin, on Sunday morning, May 24, there departed from this life a man widely known as an influential citizen, a loyal friend and an honest, upright Christian gentleman. Lorentus J. Brayton, a native of the Empire state, was born at Kingsbury, Washington county, April 27, 1836. He came to Wisconsin in 1858 and taught in the public schools of Columbia county. In 1859 he settled in Marquette when it was not only the county seat, but thought to be the coming metropolis of the west. He was married to Miss Helen Potter, daughter of Judge Daniel Potter, of Perre, Ind., with whom all the succeeding years of his life have been most happy. He was ever a firm supporter of the Republican party and has been honored by various official positions. He was elected to the legislature in 1865, in 1866, and again in 1886. At the time of his death he was clerk of the circuit court of Green Lake county, a position he had held for several consecutive terms. He was a loyal member of the Masonic fraternity, was Master of the lodge at Marquette, and its representative to the Grand Lodge. He was a member of the Dartford lodge at the time of his death, and of the Ripon Chapter R. A. M. In every line of his life his career has been an honorable one. Socially he was a man of great courtesy, his manner having the grace and courtliness of "ye olden tyme." A most devoted husband and father, he had a great affection for his home and his dear ones had his constant and tender care. He leaves a widow and three children to mourn his loss, Jas. E. Brayton of Ripon, Mrs. Chas. Smith and Mrs. E. Cable of Markesan, Wis. Services were held at Dartford Tuesday morning with interment at Marquette, Rev. C. D. Hopkins, of Waupaca, conducting a short service, after which the Masonic Lodge assumed charge, members being present from Ripon, Princeton, Berlin, Markesan and Kingston, escorting the remains to their last resting place at Marquette. (page 1)

Andrew Bunten, a farmer of the town of Algoma, veteran of the Civil war and member of the John W. Scott post, G. A. R. of Oshkosh, was struck and instantly killed by a bolt of lightning Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock on the Omro road near the Elmwood cemetery. The Oshkosh Times says: Andrew Bunten was born in 1838 and was a native of New Brunswick. In 1863 Mr. Bunten was united in marriage to Miss Pauline Bippus. In 1861 he enlisted in Co. A, First regiment of Wisconsin infantry, under Capt. John C. Goodrich and after serving three years and four months re received an honorable discharge. He became first sargeant of his company and was wounded three times at the battle of Stone River. He served on the school borad for the town of Algoma for a period of about twenty-four years, also on the town board several years. Mr. Bunten has served on the circuit juries many times. He was a member of the I. O. O. F. lodge, No. 120, of this city. (page 1)

Lightning struck Julius Block's house two miles west of the village. It took the chimney clean off and did some other damage. (page 1)

A car load of coarsing stone came to town Tuesday for the new Baptist church. It was furnished by Merriam Bros., of Waupun. (page 1)

V. F. Van Vliet, division superintendent of the St. Paul road, spent a little time at the station Tuesday. He talks of making some changes in the service, putting in telephone communications instead of telegraphic on ther (sic) branch lines. (page 1)

A Fond du Lac special of the 21st says: A case of smallpox at the police station compelled the authorities to quarantine the place today and it has been turned into a pest house, the police force being transferred to the jail. The patient is a transient printer who came from Watertown yesterday. (page 1)

James Johnson's house was struck by lightning Tuesday afternoon, striking the chimney, cracking that, and then went down it, knocking the stove pipe down and tore up the hard wood floor in two different places. Then it found its way out in the wood shed striking a stove there, and then went out the back door. Mr. Johnson was in the barn at the time of the striking and when he came out he said that the whole yard was on fire. Carrie J. had just left the room when it struck. (page 1)

At one time a widow, but recently a new made bride at La Crosse, kicked and seriously injured a little boy of three years because he persisted in serenading the couple. The lady in question has been arrested and will have to answer to the charge of assault. (page 1)

The passenger train on the Northwestern road due to arrive in Fond du Lac at 8:45 Monday morning ran into a flock of sheep near Eldorado and killed about twenty of their number. A gate leading into a field from the railroad company's right of way, had been left open, and the sheep wandered upon the track. Over ten were killed outright and the others were shot after the train was stopped, by one of the brakemen. The engine struck a cow this morning about eight miles south of Grand Rapids, killing it almost instantly. The cow was hurled a distance of about twenty feet.--Reporter. (page 4)

One day last week Wm. H. Thompson, a student, narrowly escaped fatal injuries or loss of his sight in the laboratory at the college [Ripon] by an explosion of gas from a mixture of benzoid and sulphuric acid. His face was burned. (page 4)

It is interesting to note that Wisconsin has a number of towns between one thousand and four thousand population which do not enjoy the privileges and benefits of a public library. Of the four cities having a population of over three thousand, Hudson has just received and accepted a Carnegie gift under the usual conditions. The other three are Platteville, Prairie du Chien and Sturgeon Bay. There are three cities of between 2,000 and 3,000 inhabitants without libraries, Burlington, Delavan and Jefferson, and twenty-three towns of between 1,000 and 2,000, namely, Alma, Augusta, Barron, Boscobel, Cedarburg, Chilton, Cudahy, Ellsworth, Elroy, Fennimore, Fountain City, Glenwood, Hartford, Kewaunee, Lodi, Mauston, Mayville, Necedah, New Lisbon, Phillips, Princeton, Sheboygan Falls, Spring Valley.


G. L. Thomas, of Berlin, has been granted a divorce from his wife, Anna Thomas, on the grounds of inhuman treatment. Poor old man, we feel sorry for him. But then he had no business to marry a young woman is the sentiment voiced by society. (page 1)

Attorney Chas. D. Smith, of Fond du Lac, has brought suit for slander against Rev. Dr. Sabin Hasley, in the circuit court of Fond du Lac county. When lawyers and preachers begin calling each other names what can you expect of "God's patient poor?" (page 1)

The Milwaukee Free Press is on the right side of a great question once, and we are glad to note its truthful assertion: "The crow is called a thief. So is the black bird. So is a robin--because he helps himself to a cherry or a strawberry. And why shouldn't he? He and his companions of the tree-tops do more to protect the growing fruit than the people do who sometimes try to kill them for it. Let the birds alone. Let all of them alone. There isn't one but pays his way by good, honest, industrious work, and so many of them pay it a dozen times by their beauty and song." (page 4)

Hon. S. A. Cook, of Neenah, is being mentioned for governor next year. No better man can be found. Give us either Cook or Ira B. Bradford and the state is safe. (page 4)

It is evident that our legislators have become most holy of late, so holy in fact that they have cut the price of prayers in two. Well, this is about the only move they have made along the lines of economy for a long time, and it was necessary to begin somewhere. (page 4)

A secret marriage that has just come to light is causing a stir in the Ripon college circles. During the Easter vacation Jenner A. Pinch and Elizabeth Bucholz went to St. Joseph, Mich., and were married. The former is from Rosendale and is a freshman. The bride formerly lived in Milwaukee and is still in the preparatory department. Both are attending college. It is not known whether the faculty will take any action in the matter in the way of discipline--Reporter. Say, Mister, Ripon college has no power to untie knots made legal by state laws. (page 4)


W. J. Currie, of Utley, was in our village Wednesday.
W. S. Currie and wife visited at Columbus over Sunday.
Fairwater received her share of the storm Tuesday afternoon.
Mrs. B. J. Winkerink (sic) is visiting at Omro and Oshkosh this week.
C. Glaus, of Milwaukee, was in the village on business last week.
Leander Sheldon, of Brandon, is a frequent visitor to our village.
R. C. Merriam, of Waupun, made a business call here Wednesday.
Fred Miller had twelve sheep killed by the storm Tuesday afternoon.
Mr. Batson is suffering from a lame side, the result of falling off a ladder.
The Alto coach horse was seen on our streets Wednesday afternoon.
Mrs. Charlie Vaughan and children are visiting her brother at Minneapolis, Minn.
Co. O. Tinkham is making some repairs on his house. Fred Horms is doing the work.
If you want to buy a lawn mower, grass hook, or anything in that line, call on Cease.
The freight receipts of the St. Paul road in our village the past year are nearly $25,000.
Mrs. W. Abercrombie and daughter are spending the week with friends at Oshkosh and Omro.
C. L.Griffith, the cashier of the bank, was over to Marquette Tuesday to attend the funeral of L. J. Brayton.
Tinkham Bros. have shipped 40 car loads of grain so far this month. The bad roads makes it hard for the farmer to draw it.
Lightning struck Julius Block's house two miles west of the village. It took the chimney clean off and did some other damage.
Mrs. Griffith came up from Marquette Monday morning and went to Ripon in the afternoon, accompanied by Miss Bessie Cease.
Rev. A. C. Alborn went to Green Lake with his sail boat Monday. He brought home a good mess of fish, one being a five pound bass.
Drs. Schallern and Layton performed an operation on Otto Kurert's little girl Tuesday morning. At this writing the patient is doing nicely.
Call at this office for the latest in the printer's art. We print anything and everything from a dainty visiting card to a four sheet colored poster.
Elmer Hall, of Brandon, came up here with his two young colts. They got scared of a puddle of water in front of the meat market and ran away, tipping Elmer out. They were caught but his buggy was a little damaged, one of the front wheels being crushed in. Some men helped Elmer pull it out. He managed to get home all right.


David Witt was at Waupun on business Monday.
Ben Patchett was a Fond du Lac visitor Tuesday.
Frank Whiting transacted business at Brandon Monday.
Mr. and Mrs. Gard Miller were in Fond du Lac Tuesday.
Miss Lottie Kolpin visited her parents in Berlin last week.
A light epidemic of smallpox is prevalent in the town of Byron in this county.
The large farm barn of J. F. Helden's, about one-half mile east of Manchester, was struck by lightning and burned to the ground Sunday night. Loss about $2,000; insured for $1,000.
John Pearson returned to the city Friday after a two months' business trip in different parts of the west.
Chas. Kaiser is in Michigan for a month in the interest of the Cyclone wire fence company.
Ernest Brooks, of Dartford, was in Ripon one day last week with his new automobile.
Mrs. C. Henry Fosgate of Quincy, Ill., and Harry Sickles, of Pennsylvania, cousins of Lillian and Daisy Fenelon, were recent visitors at the Fenelon home.
The Ripon Music Club have issued a large number of invitations to their closing complimentary concert, to be given at the Congregational church, Monday evening, June 1.
Herman Zobel, M. B. Herrick, B. Cuykendall, Jas. Henderson and Peter Volkerts composed a party who went to South Dakota last week to look after land interests there.
The Nohr Milling Co. have made several important changes in their mill this spring and are now turning out a better brand of flour than ever before.
Buse, of the Ripon steam laundry, has been receiving personal orders from Chicago for laundry work.
Mrs. Short and little son, of Beloit, arrived in the city Friday. They were the guests of Mrs. C. P. Harwood.
Gus Gehrke and C. Hunnold were in Oshkosh and Fond du Lac Tuesday on business.
Fond du Lac sports are arranging for a boxing bout to be given at Armory E June 16.
Mrs. Harold Wittemore, of Brandon, visited friends and relatives in this city the first of the week.
Barbers now must have a license to shave. Why not the broker?
Next Monday Frank Stiles will leave for Eau Claire as the Ripon representative to attend the Grand Lodge of Odd Fellows which convenes there June 2.
Mr. G. Pntow is confined to his home with tonsilitis. We hope to see him again soon at his post at the City Drug Store.
Dr. Merrill officiated at the funeral of Mrs. Wells Wright at Rosendale Tuesday.
Mrs. Griffith, of Marquette, was in the city Monday.
Frank Mattice came up from Milwaukee yesterday.
Herman Mailahn, of Oshkosh, a brother of Mrs. John Boettcher of this city, died Monday afternoon at the Alexian Brothers hospital. Obituary next week.
Chris Thompson, who has been at Ashland the past month is the employ of a telephone company, is enjoying good health in that northern county. Chris was very sick here last winter and spring and his many friends will be pleased to learn that his health is much improved.
The Rebekah lodge of this city elected the following officers Tuesday evening for the ensuing term: Mrs. Beaulieu, N. G.; Mrs. Davey, V. G.; Elsie Maudlin, Sec., and Mrs. Johnson, Treas.
Sunday evening at 8 o'clock occurred the marriage of Miss Anna Goldsmith to Mr. Wm. Friday, both of this city. It was a quiet affair, only a few friends and relatives being present, and was performed by the Rev. Hofferman. Mr. and Mrs. Friday have many friends who with them years of happiness.
Mr. and Mrs. Libbey, of Oshkosh, were guests at the Lockwood Davidson residence Monday.
E. J. Burnside and Harry Pinch enjoyed a fishing outing at Wautoma last Friday and Saturday.
Mrs. K. Hoaglin returned from a visit at Chicago last Friday.
Frank Nohr is making some extensive improvements on his residence this spring.
Attorney Louis B. Reed came down from Reesburg and spent sunday with his parents and friends here, returning Monday afternoon.
Matt Hargraves has purchased a new top buggy, rubber tired, ball bearing and up to date in every respect, of the Heath & Butzke Carriage Co. Matt is bound to have the best that's going.
Mrs. Wm. Wilson, of Marquette, was the guest of Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Gettinger Saturday and Sunday.
Ludwig Nohl, who has been located at Florence, Wis., since last fall, is back here on a two weeks visit.
The Ripon Market Co. shipped five car loads of potatoes over the St. Paul road Monday.
Born to Prof. and Mrs. Loomis, of Waupun, Monday, a son.
Geo. L. Middleton arrived home from Philadelphia last evening.




Miss Mabel Hyde left Saturday for North Dakota where she will visit relatives.
Mrs. Wells Wright dies at her home Monday morning.
S. H. Rasey went to Fond du Lac recently.
Mrs. P. Sisson, of Ripon, visited her daughter, Mrs. F. Pinch last week.
Miss Jennie Hendry taught our school Monday in the absense (sic) of Miss May Hendry.
Chas. Brill went to Berlin last week.
Miss Jennie Kono (?) returned from Fisk Monday.
Charlie and Wesley Very visited at Rosendale Center recently. Their home is now at Oshkosh.
H. Wellington, of Rockford, Ill., spent Saturday and Sunday at Mrs. Ellen Searles (sic)
C. F. Fordice went to Brandon Monday.


Which is the debtor's favorite tree? The willow (will owe).
When was paper money first mentioned in the Bible? When the dove brought the green back to Noah.
What fish is the most valued by a loving wife? Her ring.
What is the hardest thing to deal with? An old pack of cards.
How do bees dispose of their honey? They cell it, of course.
Why is death like the letter E? It is the end of life.
Why ought fishermen to be wealthy? Because theirs is all net profit.
What is that which a cart cannot move without, but yet is of no use to it? Noise.
Why is a balky hore like an organ? Because his leading features are his stops.
Why is blanc mange not fit to eat? Because it is generally moulded.
Why is the sofa that your father is sitting on like some railroad stock? Because it is below par.
Why would an owl be offended if you called him a pheasant? It would be making game of him.
What is the difference between anger and an over? One makes you beat and the other bakes your meat.
Why is a pretty young lady like a wagon wheel? Because she is surrounded by felloes (fellows).
Why should painters never allow children to go into their studios? Because of them easles (the measles) which are there.--St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

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